Boris   Evelson

Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

Previous Work Experience

Boris has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents: users, vendors, and investors. Boris cofounded Textra after spending several years as a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Boris started his career at Citibank, where, among many other successful projects, he implemented the bank's first global credit risk data warehouse.

Education

Boris holds a degree in music education from Moscow Gnessin School Of Music, Russia.

Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

Previous Work Experience

Boris has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents: users, vendors, and investors. Boris cofounded Textra after spending several years as a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Boris started his career at Citibank, where, among many other successful projects, he implemented the bank's first global credit risk data warehouse.

Education

Boris holds a degree in music education from Moscow Gnessin School Of Music, Russia.

Boris Evelson's Research

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Establish Ongoing Processes To Assess Your Business Intelligence Maturity

    Assessment: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    January 19, 2018Boris Evelson, Martha Bennett

    Forrester's business intelligence (BI) maturity self-assessment model helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals assess the maturity of their current BI environments. It also allows them to measure the progress of their BI environment and correlate BI maturity to other business performance indicators. This is an update of a previously published report with an embedded link to our updated BI maturity self-assessment model.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Quantify The Tangible Business Value Of BI

    Business Case: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    January 10, 2018Boris Evelson, Martha Bennett

    This report guides application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working on business intelligence (BI) initiatives through the maze of BI business case categories and typical BI ROI components, and it identifies areas where quick wins are possible. This is an update of a previously published report; we revised this edition to factor in the latest findings from Forrester's Q4 2016 Global Business Intelligence Business Case Online Survey.

  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    REPORT: Improve Your Storytelling With Data Visualization Best Practices

    December 28, 2017Boris Evelson, Cinny Little

    As data volumes skyrocket and information becomes more complex, business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools use data visualization to help users move from insights to action by leveraging people's ability to visually detect meaningful patterns. Data visualization best practices go beyond technology and involve disciplines like the psychology of visual perception and graphical design. This report introduces a practical checklist to help customer insights (CI) pros improve both business stakeholders' experience and their ability to interpret data and make better decisions.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Use BI Fabric To Optimize Your Multivendor Business Intelligence Environment

    Performance Management: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    December 11, 2017Boris Evelson

    All enterprises must deal with multiple business intelligence (BI) platforms. Unquestionably, a single enterprise BI platform is ideal, but legacy platforms, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and poor alignment between business and technology pros are just some of many reasons most enterprises must deal with multiple BI tools for the foreseeable future. In this report, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives will learn about new BI fabric technologies that will make managing multiple BI platforms significantly easier.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: The Honeymoon For AI Is Over

    Success At Artificial Intelligence Means Hard Work — Treat It Like A Plug-In Panacea And Fail

    November 9, 2017Boris Evelson, Michele Goetz, Brian Hopkins

    The honeymoon for enterprises naively celebrating the cure-all promises of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is over. Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year when a majority of enterprises start dealing with the hard facts: AI and all other new technologies like big data and cloud computing still require hard work. This report offers CIOs working on data and analytics initiatives 10 predictions for 2018 with pragmatic and tangible recommendations they can start acting on now.

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